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Taj Mahal Premium Lager | United Breweries - UB Group

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Taj Mahal Premium LagerTaj Mahal Premium Lager

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United Breweries - UB Group

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 205 | Ratings: 445
Photo of Guppy314
2.45/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From a bottle, pours a pale straw with a thin white head. Very subtle aroma of grains. Tastes are subtle with both malt and hops detectable. But there are also distracting flavors of corn, grass, and rice. Not even much redeeming carbonation.

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Photo of EMH73
3.23/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I, like several others do not understand how poorly this beer is rated. IMO Taj is superior to the vast majority of macro lagers out there. It pours a clear, bright yellow with a poorly retained half inch head that left almost no lacing. Smells slightly sweet, bread and malt. Taste is crisp and clean, bready and slightly sweet. Well carbonated and light bodied. Certainly not a great beer but very drinkable. I'll take this over a Bud or Miller any day of the week.

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Photo of Dmcdonald33013
4.35/5  rDev +66.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I do not understand all the negative feedback on this beer. I do not rate beer by comparing it to the best avaialble, rather rate it by it it's character, typicity, value and drinkability. As far as lagers go this is better than much of the macro swill out there. I can think of 30 macros I would gladly pass up to have a Taj.

Next time your in a Indian restaurant faced with a choice between a miller shite and a Taj, do your self a huge favor. Drink a Taj.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.05/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

One of the most straw yellow and clear water beers around. The aroma is barely grainy.

The taste is barely grainy. Highly carbonated, light mouthfeel and body. How do they get away with charging a premium price on something like this. They say it pairs well with spicy food, but you can say that about any beer that doesn't really taste like anything. There's a mild sweetness that makes me think this might have cut the barley with some corn or something in that realm.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.19/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

$ 2.97/22 oz bottle ($ 0.135/oz) at State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD
Bomber at 42 degrees F into SA “perfect pint”
Aroma – smells like a AAL, just a hint of disulfide
Head – large (Five cm, slow gentle pour), white, fizzy/frothy, diminishing to irregular three to six mm ring and thin layer
Lacing poor – some drag but little else
Body – light yellow, clear, effervescent
Flavor – no worse than most AALs, just a hint of (hop?) bitterness; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl. As it warms, it becomes sweeter.
Palate – light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.25, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25

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Photo of Greasy
3.31/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm going to rate this as compared to its counterparts within the adjunct lager style. 650 ml poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a light golden yellow with a soapy white head that fades away after a moment.

S: Aroma gives typical pale lager scents. Sweetness, bread notes, some biscuit.

T: Flavorful. Plenty of sweet malt with some cracker and faint bitterness. Not offensive at all.

M: Feel is thin, but not overly watery. Finishes crisp and refreshing. Exactly as it should.

O: Among adjunct lagers, this beer is above BMC swill and drinks more like a good Euro pale or pilsner (minus the hop bitterness). I'd much rather reach for this to binge drink than a Bud, Miller High Life or PBR.

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Photo of stevoj
1.6/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Piss poor pale lager from India. Aroma will tell you something is wrong from the start, musty, sour, citrus, cereal. Appearance is as expected for a lager. Taste again is sour, musty, corn, and overall watery mouthfeel. Lingering taste is not pleasant. Thumbs down.

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Photo of Czequershuus
2.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed alongside a rather splendid Indian buffet. This beer pours a light golden with a modest head. The aroma has some rather nice grainy, funky notes, but very understated. Flavor is as you would expect for a lager although there is some depth here. The mouthfeel is a bit sticky. As the beer warmed it became increasingly sweet. Overall this is maybe better than the average lager, but not by much. The corn syrups sweetness is just too apparent to enjoy this too much.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
2.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear light yellow, coarse head, tons of bubbles rising. Smells of malt and grain. Taste adds some white grape notes and faint caramel. Still super (cereal) grain forward. Over carbonated, but light and refreshing refreshing as heck.
It's a good, easily enjoyed, quaffable brew, devoid of off-putting flavors.

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Photo of pat61
3/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Dancing Ganesha. It is bright straw gold under a 1” quickly receding white foam collar. It has a faint butterscotch to movie popcorn butter aroma and not much flavor. It is light bodied, effervescent to fizzy. A fairly insipid, boring beer without a lot of character – typical industrial lager.

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Photo of foxyaardvark27
3.48/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not as bad as people are saying. It's nothing fancy but it beats a lot of other AAL style beers for drink-ability and goes nicely with some Indian food.

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Photo of EdTheEdge
1.96/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Shared this with a friend. Poured into a pint glass. This beer has no redeeming qualities. It smells like dirty water, there is very little taste. This beer only manages to look like beer and then only for a short while as the head falls away quickly and there is zero lacing. It degrades into a dark golden liquid. I would not recommend this beer to anyone.

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Photo of JMS1512
3.25/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It was very, very "eh." I suppose this is what you might expect from a macro-producing brewery in India. It wasn't vile, just ho-hum. I found it appropriate to sip and relax with this while watching golf, not something to examine and contemplate for something like NBS.

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Photo of YumaLaowai
4/5  rDev +53.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought it was a great 8/10 pre salt and/or lime.... With a 8.7-9.0
Very good.... Smooth with a good malt flavor that gave it a well needed kick...!

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Photo of Tilly
3.13/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

straw color, with a nice two finger white head that disappears in short time to a scim of white foam. Smells like yeast and malt. Taste is not very exciting but not disapointing. Pleasant fresh bread with a very small lemon taste. Mouth feel is clean. Not a bad beer for a lager! I realize now why I'm not a lager fan. I think this would be a great beer on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.75/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Medium golden-orange in color, with a small, off-white head, which soon fades to a scattering of foam. Fine-beaded, patchy lacing adorns the glass walls. The carbonation is slight and slow-rising.

Aroma: Somewhat cider-like aroma, with notes of cooked vegetables, and grain. An undertone of earthy and grassy hops notes are present as well.

Taste: Opens rather dry and a bit tannic, the taste could almost be described as dusty. As the taste progresses, some herbal and medicinal hops assert themselves. Faint hints of apple ring are present as well. These dominate the taste, with mildly toasted malt seemingly a mere afterthought. Finishes with a lingering, mild herbal bitterness, a bit of toasted malt, and a faint sweetness.

Mouth feel: Thin, with slight stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: This beer seems to be crafted for an oppressively hot climate. With its light body and low alcoholic content, it might well be a fine "lawnmower"beer, this from someone reviewing in early winter.

Presentation: Packaged in a Euro-style twenty-two ounce (650 ml) brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.5/5  rDev +34.1%

I bought of bottle of this to drink at the Indian dinner put on by my neighborhood pool club. It paired well with the food, I'd say.

Overall, the Taj Mahal, reminded me of a tasty version of Budweiser i.e. it has more flavor. The beer was light tasting but also had a bit of hops and malt. It wasn't anything spectacular, but not anything awful either.

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Photo of ordybill
3.8/5  rDev +45.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This Indian Lager is a very good American styled lager beer. I bought it from a "Whole Foods" store in Marietta, GA and it traveled well from the brewery. No hint of skunkiness, a good crisp taste. A non-overpowering aroma and a pretty full body for a lager. I would definitely drink this again. I would compare it with the other well known Indian brew "Kingfisher", Interesting label to boot, not shiny and eclectic like many micro-brews but an old school label that did get me to notice it in the cooler.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Clear golden body with a white head that disappears immediately. No retention or lacing.

Aroma: Sour corn adjuncts or vegetables, faint sourness.

Taste: Harsh on the palate immediately. Slightly alcoholic opening despite the low ABV, followed by a metallic middle. Adjuncts come into play bringing notes of cabbage or other sour veggies. A tangy, sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated and thin.

Overall: I rate according to style, and I was not impressed with this one.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.09/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, got it for $3 on a whim. bottled in april so it's ~8mo old.

smell is corny grain, some sugar cookie dough. sweet and skunky. poured a little out to check the appearance, it's piss yellow with a bubbly froth that fades to a rim before your eyes.

starts light, clean, bitter, but sweet; ends with a slight metallic tinge and some other off flavors. amazingly, considering the style, there's noticeable hop flavor.

Good, but pricy for what it is.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Bottled 1/2013.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and slight grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with a cardboard-like flavor that is not all that pleasant.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
2.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

A: poured from a 650 ml bottle into a pint glass, golden straw colored with a short white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing, clear

S: skunky grain and grass, not pleasant

T: little flavor, some slight malt flavor, little hops, not too sweet

M: thin, not too carbonated

O: probably would be better washing down a vindaloo curry

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +60.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taj Mahal has a thick, white head and a clear, bubbly, straw appearance, with some lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, bready, barley malt, and the taste is the same, with a predominate paperyness and some subdued hop bitterness to round it out. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Taj Mahal finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing. Yes, this is really nice, and I score it as such.


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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.32/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 ml (1 pint 6 fl oz.) bottle with the back of the bottle reading manufactured 07/2011, batch no. 988. A fairly old, dusty brew, sitting in the cooler alongside the Yuksom Brewing India Special Quality Beer I drank a few weeks ago. Another imported American adjunct lager from India, and if it's anything like the last one I had I can at least expect better things than Bud Light or Miller Lite. I should note that my bottle has a yellow label rather than the white label pictured on BeerAdvocate.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Aggressive pour yields about two fingers of thin bubbly white head, dissipating pretty quickly, on top of a clear gold lager colored body.

S - Malts. Green apples. Carbonated champagne like tartness. Grainy, but definitely a more authentic grain type smell as opposed to the adjunctive garbage that goes into beers like Bud Light and Coors Light.

T - Thin, light, carbonated, but definitely a lot better than the trill mass-marketed American adjunct lagers actually brewed in America. Sweet, grainy, appley. Light carbonation, but it is welcomed in a beer of this sort. Simple and to the point, and damn tasty for what it is.

M - Sweet, tart, crisp, clean finish. Remotely resinous hop / sugary feel, but still very light and smooth.

Overall, light bodied, highly drinkable stuff, with a moderate 4.50% abv. An imported style on the wretched American adjunct lager that I am slowly becoming more fond of. Even at well over a year old, this beer retained itself nicely, and came out better than any swill ass American malt beverages that I've tried so far. If you ever have the opportunity to try this beer or a similar India imported AAL, I highly recommend it.

Taj Mahal Premium Lager Beer ---3.5/5

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
2.83/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My only guess is that this is India's attempt at a cheap adjunct lager. It is extremely pedestrian with a color similar to bud light, close to no aroma-a light smell of corn and rice possibly-, a taste that is very bland and light; it doesn't even have the sour tang of an American adjunct lager. It is highly inoffensive and I don't mean that in a good way. I'm sure Pellegrino has more flavor than this. Avoid this beer if you perchance see it at an Indian restaurant, and just order an Anheuser Busch product as it will definitely have more flavor.

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